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The Grapevine (Aug. 11)

There should be a contest

Tomato Day may be over, but the entries are still coming in for contests that could have been:

•  Grower Look-alike Contest: Teddy Ferrell of Wichita could win this category, for a Beefmaster he grew that weighed more than a pound – and that looks like him.

•  Tomatoes in the Shape of Other Objects: Becky Speck of Wichita could win this category for a tomato she thought nothing of until she cut it open – and it was in the shape of a heart. Aw.

Canning workshop

K-State Research & Extension will offer a seminar on canning from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road. The workshop will teach and offer practice in water-bath canning jams, jellies, tomatoes and salsas with proper acidification and adjustment for altitude. The cost is $10; register by calling 316-660-0101.

Update emergency kits

August is a good time to update emergency supplies, Kansas’ state climatologist says. People may want to check and rotate non-perishable foods, beverages, medications and batteries; update documents; and review plans with members of the household, climatologist Mary Knapp says.

Enter our photo contest

Upload a photo to the garden gallery on Kansas.com by Monday and be entered into a drawing for a $40 garden-center gift certificate. Upload your photo at www.kansas.com/upload along with a brief description of what is pictured.